Monday, June 29, 2009

I Finally Caved to DigiStamps!!!!!

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Well..............what can I say?? I held out for as long as I could on another addiction of this stamping craft!!!! LOL But what could I do when my very sweet friend, Christina, or Sunshine as she's known on SCS, asked me if I'd help showcase this little guy??? I could only say YES!!!!! He's adorable!!!!!!


His name is Angus Argus...........or Angie Argus when I make a pink one........and y'all KNOW I will!!! LOL Well, I decided to make a cammo design Angus flying over a fun Safari!!!! And this cute DCWV Safari Stack is perfect for it!!! I only have an ink jet printer......so I didn't want to use my Copics and smear the image.......so I used my Prisma Pencils, and surprisingly the OMS didn't smear! The ribbon and dew drops and a computer-generated sentiment finish it off!!! Watch for other Sunshine creations soon!!!!

Right now Christina is offering adorable little Angus for free on Her Blog Here!!!! Check out the details and play along!!!! She's got lots more designs coming in the next few weeks!!!!

Just a heads-up.........I'm still having major internet issues...........sometimes it works, sometimes it goes fast, sometimes it boots me off, sometimes it errors out, sometimes it won't load photos and graphics................well, y'all get the point!!!! I'm trying to catch up and keep up with blogs, so don't think I'm ignoring you!!! I LOVE all the inspiration and talent you all share!!!!

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

It's Another ETSY Saturday!!!

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Howwwwwwwwwwdy!!!!!!!!!! Are you ready for a creative weekend??? I know I am!!! Well, here's a GORGEOUS Etsy Inspired Challenge to get your mojo a-flowin'!!!!!! Stop by the very elegant shop, Tony Carlisle.............you'll be taken with the gorgeous photography!!!!!!


I was inspsired by both the black & white photography and the red roses...........so I let these 2 photographs be my inspiration.


I used the new Gina K. Designs stamp, Arranged With Love designed by the phenomenal Melanie!!! I just simply embossed the large stamp in white and let the image just show itself off!! I totally am IN LOVE with this stamp!!!! Okay, okay, y'all know me well......what Gina K. am I NOT in love with???!!!! LOL Can you believe I didn't even use any embellies other than a ribbon??? See??? This stamp does all the hard work!!!!
Okay.......now time for you to play along!!!! Just choose a photo to inspire you and then link your creation to Ashley's Blog.........make sure you get all the deets there!! And hop through all the DT Blogs for more wonderful cards/projects!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Gina K. Sneak Peek Before The Party!!!!!

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Oh hasn't this week of Gina K. Designs sneak peeks just been FAB--U--LOUS-O???!!!! Are you all psyched up for the release party???? WooooHoooo!!!!!! Here's a couple last peeks before the big reveal!!!!!


  • Stamps: Many Wishes
  • Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory, Black Onyx, assorted dp
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Accessories: Flower Soft, Velvet Ribbon, Pearls

I used the sweet and dainty new set, Many Wishes, designed by our very own A---MAZING Gina K.!!!! I decided to to use Flower Soft for each of the Dandelion puffs!! But looking at it now....without the stems they just seem like Flower Soft circles!!!! LOL Oh well..........trust me........they're very cute DANDELIONS!!!! LOL

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And there's a gorgeous new set by the talented Asela called The Journey.........filled with some wonderful images that evoke sweet memories!!!! Now I just ***had*** to use this phenomenal truck image!!! We had one very similar when our kids were little and we were broke, so it was the only vehicle we could afford when we lived in Montana!!! We loved it!!! Well, it wasn't pink........but in my dreams it was!!!!! LOL

  • Stamps: The Journey
  • Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White, Chocolate Kiss, BG Bittersweet
  • Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Copics
  • Accessories: Smooch, Ribbon, Pearls

It can't surprise ANY of my regular visitors that it's PINK!!!!!! And combined with Brown!!!! LOL I used the Basic Grey Bittersweet dp (some of my very fave!). It's a hint to what my challenge is that I'm hosting at the Release Party too!!! Did you notice the stitching!!!???? YESSSSSSS!!!!!!! Thanks to the AWESOME Stamp TV videos that Gina just posted on using the Janome Mini!!! I just bought it and followed the videos and BAM! It really was simple!! And yes, that's PINK thread........seriously........what DID you expect???!!! So get ready to see lots of stitching for a while!!!! LOL

Check out the uber talented DT for more peeks!!!!! Gina, Carolyn, Cathy, Cindy, Donna, Emily, Erika, Jessica, Joanne, Kurtis, Lee, Lynn, Melanie, and Theresa and Asela and of course our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team members Selma Stevenson and Pam Imholz are joining us this morning with previews as well!

Release Party Details: Join us here in our forum on this SCS thread-Thursday, June 25th from 7-10 PM Central Time for all the fun! Then at 10 PM central time, we will release 6 new stamp sets, new Pure Luxury card stock and some great new accessories! Gina will be giving away lots of freebies too, including templates and digital paper! We hope you'll come and party with us!

SCROLL down for the Limelight Post!!!!!

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It's a Limelight Thursday!!!

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It's another FUN Limelight Papercrafts Sketch and Product Challenge!!!!! This time the product in focus is.......RIBBBBBBBON!!!!! I soooooooo love ribbon!!!!!!! Actually any kind of fiber!!!!

So here is a fun sketch!! Try some ribbon or fiber in a funky design in the corner!!! And get creative with that oval!!! I almost always use the sketch as exact as possible......but today I thought I'd take some creative license!!!! I flipped the sketch and then used some bling in the oval spot.

I used the caaauuuute Unity Stamps t.v. image Love Is Everything. And I'm still soooo lovin' this Basic Grey Lime Rickey!!!! This funky pattern was soooo perfect for the retro televisions!!! And the Hot Pink Double Dash Ribbon........well, just about any color ribbon will match with this fun and summery dp!!!! I couldn't resist a bit of Stickles on the image.
I sure hope you'll play along this week and check out all the deets on Mandy's Blog and remember to link your card/project there for a chance to win a fabulous prize!!!! Also hop along to the other talented Six Chicks & Guest DT for some more ribbon inspiration!!!
**Use the sketch provided and bling it up with Rhinestones!
**Key word for SCS upload is LLPC024
**Post a comment with a link to your card right to on Mandy's blog by Sunday, June 28 at midnight (or before winner is drawn Monday a.m.).
**PRIZE ~ Five yards of ribbon - winner's choice! (winner will be chosen randomly from all participants).
In celebration of Father's Day, take 10% off of your ENTIRE order by entering "FATHER" at checkout!
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Gina K. Sneak Peeks...............Day Two!!!!!!

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Haven't the Sneak Peeks been AWESOME so far???? We sure have some amazing artists designing these GORGEOUS stamp sets!!!!! Are you ready to see the latest in Beautiful Blooms from our sweet Melanie??? This is the largest stamp so far in the Gina K. Designs collection!!! And OMGosh is it a stunner!!!!!

  • Stamps: Arranged With Love
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
  • Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White & Black, Paper Temptress Sparkle cardstock, Lime Rickey
  • Accessories: Ribbon, Gems, Stickles, Punch

It's called Arranged With Love............and comes with many different wonderful sentiments that fit, of course, perfectly in the little sign holder!!!! I popped it up to add just a bit more depth. Yep..........just like you bought a fabulous flower arrangement at a flower shop!!!! I so enjoyed coloring with my Copics and then just adding a hint of glitter around the flower petals. The Basic Grey Lime Rickey was so perfect for my summer color palette!!!


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And now.....introducing the adorable Bug Me Anytime set by the talented Nina!!!! The buggies and flowers are just so dang cute!!!! I had to continue on with my summer palette and my current Lime Rickey addiction!!! LOL My friend, Ky, unknowingly sparked this candy setting set while we were chatting!!! I hope she's surprised and pleased!!!! LOL

  • Stamps: Bug Me Anytime
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, SU inkpads
  • Paper: GKD Pure Luxury White, Paper Temptress Sparkle cardstock, Lime Rickey
  • Accessories: Smooch, Stickles, Ribbon, Gems

I thought for a little kid party (sadly my kids are too "grown up")........you could make a whole set of these with all kinds of candies for a cute table setting!!! I used some metallic Smooch on the pots and Stickles on the images. I didn't have a white tablecloth or I would have stamped one to match!!!! LOL Soooo many little party favor ideas and decorations went spinning thru my head.........but living up here on my mountain does limit my dashing in to a city to shop when I get a brainstorm!!! LOL


I sure hope you're enjoying all the SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPEALADOCIOUS designs that the Gina K. Design Team has been sneaking!!!!

Gina, Carolyn, Cathy, Cindy, Donna, Emily, Jessica, Kurtis, Lee, Lynn, Melanie, and Theresa and, be sure to check out our CenterStage Spotlight girls joining us in previews today: Carla Suto and Melisa Waldorf and Melanie has also asked some guest designers helping to preview her set this month: Selma Stevenson, Denise Marzec and Dawn Lusk.

Release Party Details: Join us here in our forum on this SCS thread-Thursday, June 25th from 7-10 PM Central Time for all the fun! Then at 10 PM central time, we will release 6 new stamp sets, new Pure Luxury card stock and some great new accessories! Gina will be giving away lots of freebies too, including templates and digital paper! We hope you'll come and party with us!

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Gina K. Sneak Peeks Begin!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WooooooooHoooooooo!!!!!!! The first sneak peeks of this AMAZING new Gina K. Designs release!!!!!!!! Are you drooling yet??? LOL

I started with the amazingly talented Rupa and her FUN new 100% Sweet!!!!! And let me tell you it is SAAAAWEEEET!!!! Candy, donuts, ice cream, cake, strawberries.........OH MY!!!!!!

I stamped the images onto this treat box and colored them all in with Copics. Of course I had to add some bling and some ribbon and some flowers to make this treat box a delicious gift!!!!!

My DD bakes some adorable little cookies for me to show off my gifty box!!! And do I really need to confess that I ate them??!!!! ;)

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Now you have got to SEEEEE this amazing new set by Theresa.........a super talented artist........Happy Camper. I totally LOVE the realism and beauty of this set!!
I made a Clean & Simple card so the beauty of this mountain could be shown......and yes, this IS clean and simple for me!!! LOL I sponged the glossy cardstock panel and then stamped the image on top. I used some of these fun new "nailhead" blingies that Gina will be carrying!!! I also used some of the Mesh from the last release.......and can you see the new color cardstock there?? Soft Sand.........it's THE perfect neutral!!! Now you can enjoy more amazing, fabulous, awesome sneak peeks from the Design Team!!!!

We are also thrilled to have a couple of our CenterStage Spotlight Design Team join us in our previews this morning: Carolina Buchting and Jennie Harper
Stay tuned tomorrow for more sneak peeks and excitement!!!!
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

ETSY Inspired #41...........Cute Critters!!!!!!

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Are you ready???? Sure you are!!!! This is a super adorable Etsy Shop called Potato Patch!!!!





Of course I saw this sweet pink ladybug and just had to go with that!!! LOL I used the cute Unity Stamps Little Buggers. I got some brand new BLING too!!!! I don't know how well it shows up here, but it's on the red spots of the ladybug and is called Smooch!!! I got it at 7 Kids College Fund as they had the best price I found!! It's a gorgeous metallic shine!!!

Please go check out our sweet Ashley's Blog........and congratulate her on her sweet baby boy, Parker, who arrived safe and sound last week!!!! She'll have all the deets and if you play along and link your creation to her blog you'll be entered in the drawing for a prize!!! Check out the fun Etsy Inspired DT:

Carole Chesser (June Guest)
De Swanick (Etsy/Giveaway Liaison)
Emily Niehaus
Heather Schlatter
Jackie Bowman
Jenn Coker (June Guest)
Joy Stagg
Kerry Angeles (DT Coordinator)
Kristen Dyer
Shannon Bracken
Tiffany Johnson
Tonya Hopkins


I'm so sorry my post is short and I haven't posted in almost a week...........here's what happened:


Smiley from millan.net My hard drive crashed!!!! So now I have to share computer time and I've lost a ton of files and photos...............hubby's working on things...........but what a PAIN!!!! So it will be a bit further in between posting for a while, and commenting........I'm sure trying...........but hubby uses his laptop as he works from home and just try sharing computers with teenagers!!!!! LOL

But I'll be here Tuesday-Thursday with the brand new Gina K. release sneak peeks!!!!! Don't miss those!!!!!

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cottage Rumble #9..............Inside Out!!!!!!!!!

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Are you ready to RUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMBLE???????????? Well, here's the next Clear Artistic Stamps Rumble Challenge!!!! Make a birthday card with some sort of stamping on the inside!!!

  • Stamps: Thoughts Of Joy
  • Paper: Linen, Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey dsp
  • Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Burgundy Copic
  • Accessories: Flower Soft, Ribbon, Chocolate Pearls

I used Belinda's brand net stamp set, Thoughts Of Joy. I LOVE the elegance of this set!!!! Belinda always amazes me with her beautiful artwork!!!! This beautiful bird was so perfect for this....and I added some Flower Soft to make a little more of a "feathery" look!! I didn't use a sentiment, so it could be a birthday card, but also could be for any occasion. I kept the layout and colors simple so the bird could really POP!!! I used Linen Cardstock which Belinda will be carrying soon!! I ADORE this Linen paper!!!!

I then just put a couple of simple layers inside and stamped the flowery branch from the set on the side. So there's still plenty of room to write your greeting.

Want to play with us?? Here are the rules:

1) Make a birthday card that also includes some (or a lot) of decoration inside. Upload it to your blog or any other gallery and post to the Cottage Studio Blog with a comment and link to your creation so that we all can see!
2) You can use ANY stamps for one entry.
3) If you use Clear Artistic Stamps you get two entries!
4) If you use a Technique Junkies technique (any stamps) you get two entries as well!
5) If you upload to SCS please add the keyword: cottagerumble9
6) Entries accepted until Friday June 26 midnight, the day of our NEXT rumble :)
All entries will be entered to win a Freckles Bearthday Set !

Make sure to visit the Cottage Studio Blog to check all the FABulous DT work too and get some fantastic inspiration!!!!

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

ETSY Inspired..........Fun Flowers!!!

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It's Saturday!!!! And that means time for a fun Etsy Inspired Shop Challenge!!! This week it's the Naturally Felt shop.......some cute, cute items here!!! Lots of different colors and images to inspire you to create!!!!


I picked this fun and flirty flower tote!!!! Pastels and flowers.......just perfect for my new Unity Stamp Floral Friends kit!!!!
I used lots of fun Ducks In A Row dp I got at Limelight Papercrafts!! And of course Stickles and Rhinestones!!! I thought it would be fun to put lots of layered flowers on too!! Doesn't everyone love the cheery hello that flowers bring??!!!

And then visit Naturally Felt to find something that inspires you, create a project based on that inspiration and come back here to link your creation up to Ashley's Blog by Friday, June 19th at noon PST for your chance to win this week's prize. The winner will receive a set of reusable snack/sandwich bags! If you have never participated in an Etsy Inspired challenge before, check out THIS POST for extra details. And we would love to get to know you better so if you have some time, stop on by our Papercraft Planet Group to introduce yourself too! :) If you upload your project to SCS or PCP please use keyword EIC40. Now check out the talented DT for some cute stuff:

Carole Chesser (June Guest)
De Swanick
Emily Niehaus
Heather Schlatter
Jackie Bowman
Jenn Coker (June Guest)
Joy Stagg
Kerry Angeles
Kristen Dyer
Shannon Bracken
Tiffany Johnson
Tonya Hopkins

Okeedokee...............stay tuned as I'll be posting the Clear Artistic Stamps Cottage Rumble challenge and my sample card soon, soon, soon!!!! A wonderful prize is up for this challenge too!!!

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Embellish-Online........Box Of Chocolates!!!!

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LOL.........I love that smilie!!!! Okay, it's Embellish-Online time!!!!! Oh yes it is!!!! I am soooooo thrilled to be the Guest Designer for June and share another project!!!! How about a fun summer gift idea!! Just a little something for a hostess of a party, a babysitter, a co-worker, a girlfriend who needs a pick-me-up?? Or yourself!!! LOL

I used the adorable Stampavie Sarah Kay Spring Blossoms stamp. I LOVE these little sweeties!!!! I love the practice I get with my Copics!!! I used the very sweet American Crafts Baby collection of papers and ribbon/rik-rak. I love the soft pastels and dainty prints!!! Just perfect for these little Sarah Kays!!!! Now I had to..........yes HAD to add some bling.........and Prima Flowers. I just used a little alphabet set for the sentiment. I covered a little Truffle Box I had with the paper.

And then filled it with a variety of chocolates!!! Oh yum!!! And you know I just could NOT resist sampling a bit...........well, ya know......I had to make sure the candy was GOOD!!!!! LOL Now make sure to head over to Embellish-Online for some GORGEOUS stampin' supplies and some fun summer sales!!!! And take a look around the Gallery too for some sweet inspiration by the DT!!!

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

It's Limelight Sketch Time..........Bling Style!!!!

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Oh yeah baby!!!! It's a Limelight Papercrafts Sketch and Product Challenge..........and this time the product is RHINESTONES!!!! Now this is up my alley!!!! LOL


I used these adorable Row Changito Row stamp. And colored with Copics to match the super cute October Afternoon Ducks In A Row patterned paper. Some matching ribbon and White Twill and OF COURSE the Rhinestones!!! I used some of the Prima Say It In Flowers Rhinestones.......they are soooo pretty!!!


The Details:
**Use the sketch provided and bling it up with Rhinestones!
**Key word for SCS upload is LLPC023
**Post a comment with a link to your card right to on Mandy's blog by Sunday, June 14 at midnight (or before winner is drawn Monday a.m.).
**PRIZE ~ Rhinestones!(Winner is chosen randomly from all participants.)

Check out the other lovely and talented Six Chicks plus our Seventh Chick for some fabulous inspiration and eye candy:


Now I have a request........my amazing and wonderful friend, Kerianne, is requesting to flood her sweet mama with cards!!! She was just diagnosed with breast cancer and will be facing surgery and treatments and sending some smiles and hugs her way can only help with positive thoughts and energy!!! You can read about it and get the details on this post on Kerianne's Blog!!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much!!!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

BELLI Challenge and DT Call Out...........And My Winners!!!!!

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It's time for another fun BELLI Girls Challenge!!!!! This time it's a Father's Day challenge. Now masculine cards are really tough for me..........I mean.........no pink, no bling, no bows or ribbon, no flowers, no glitter. Okay, well as you can see I most certainly DID get away with some bling and ribbon!!!! LOL

  • Stamps: GKD Special Fathers
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
  • Paper: Gina K. Pure Luxury White, BG dsp
  • Accessories: Ribbon, Pearls, Crystal Effects

I used the new Special Fathers stamp set by Gina K. I just colored the clock with gold and blue Copics. I did use some Crystal Effects on the face of the clock, but it's a bit hard to see. Now head over to the BELLI Challenge Blog to see the wonderful masculine cards.......yes, many withOUT the bling! LOL And for a big announcement.............Chrissy has a BELLI Challenge DT call out!!!! So go read up on the deets and play along!!!!!

Now for my winners.........I appreciate your patience with this busy, crazy week!!!!

Ravengirl won my Limelight Papercrafts Anniversary Challenge..........she won Spring Blooms Dewdrops!!! Please e-mail: mandy@limelightpapercrafts.com with your snail mail so she can get your prize out to you!!!!! And thanks for everyone who played along!!!!

Laura won my Gina K. blog candy, the sentiment stamps set, Notes To Mom. E-mail or pm me your addy so I can mail out your prize!! It was a random draw of the comments and I sure do appreciate each and every one of you sweet friends for making my day!!!!

I'll have some more blog candy soon............so don't be a stranger!!! Stay tuned for more Gina K., Limelight Papercrafts, Embellish-Online and Clear Artistic Stamps and also Unity Stamps coming up!!!!! Another busy but fun week and weekend ahead!!!!

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

ETSYInspired #39............Bright Buggies!!!

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It's another super A----dorable and fun ETSY Inspired Challenge!!!! Check out the simply bright and beautiful Chicy Creations and pick out your inspiration piece!!!!

I just loved these two stinkin' cuuuuuute buggie hair-bows!!! And found the perfect Unity Stamps kit to use!!!!!

I used Little Buggers and a fun, bright color combo that's perfect for summertime!!! Some fun ribbon and stickles I think make this a card one of my little niece's will just love!!! Now make sure to get all the deets on Ashley's Blog, including finding out what adorable prize is in the drawing!!! And be sure to play along!!! Also check out the amazing EtsyInspired DT gals to see which cute creations they chose for inspiration!!!!

Carole Chesser (June Guest)
De Swanick
Emily Niehaus
Heather Schlatter
Jackie Bowman
Jenn Coker (June Guest)
Joy Stagg
Kerry Angeles
Kristen Dyer
Shannon Bracken
Tiffany Johnson
Tonya Hopkins

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Limelight Six Chicks........Simply Summertime!!!

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It's SUMMERTIME!!!!! What does that mean for you??? Summer is bright, fun colors to me!!!! And the theme for this month's Limelight Papercrafts Six Chicks project is Summertime!!!!


I really do love the simplicity of the Unity Stamps set Gratitude=Joy. You really can do so much to change the look of these images. So I used the Colorbox Queue Rainbow Sherbet Ink Pads in some fun summery colors that perfectly match my current dp addiction, Basic Grey Lime Rickey!!!! And the brand new colors of Kaisercraft Rhinestones, Lippy Red and Split Pea that Mandy is carrying!!! Oooooooo la la!!!!! Of course I couldn't resist using some Stickles too!!!! LOL Summer is about sparkle and shine ya know!!!! ;)

I had to include some chocolates!!!! I think summer is perfect for a treat!! Okay, okay, I think every season is perfect for treats!!!! LOL I used a little SU tin to alter with the Lime Rickey and Ribbon and Rhinestones.

And then here's what's super fun about summer............no socks and shoes!!!! Sandal-wearing weather!!!! But you simply must have cute and colorful and smooth feet and toesies!!!! So a little gift Nail Pail is what I came up with!! I used these ribbons, Light Blue/Parrot Green, Pink/Light Pink and Sheer Fuschia/White Dot. I also used the new Baby's Breath Shimmerz Spritz on the tag..........I hope you can see the awesome shimmer!!! I LOVE this stuff!!!! LOL



I hope my friend enjoys this little Simply Summer pampering gifty!!! And I hope you have some fun inspiration and ideas to create some fun colorful summer projects!!!!! Now hop on along thru the wonderfully talented Six Chicks blogs!!!!
You've still got time to play along with my Limelight Anniversary Challenge!!! Check it out HERE ON THIS POST!!!!
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